Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance that can create an amazing feeling through the use of momentum to lead and follow. Developing momentum happens first in our own bodies though before we are able to convey it to or from our partners. 


In this new course with Gui Prada, we will study the principles behind creating and enjoying momentum in our own bodies through different drills and exercises. We will use footwork, body movements and a combination of these two elements to create momentum and fluidity. Momentum can create fluidity because it takes away the effort of execution. These are two of the keys to unlock the magic of this dance, and we are excited to share this material with you.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each class will explore a different way to create momentum -- our first week will focus on the general principle and our following weeks on the application of this principle to some fundamentals and patterns. This course is one more offering of our Technique & Drills series. If you haven’t done the previous courses and are interested in them, you can find them on our platform on the links above. The classes were recorded between November 5th and 25th.

IS THIS A SOLO OR A PARTNER COURSE?

This is a solo course for followers and leaders who want to develop a different set of skills around the idea of momentum and how that can make the execution of some movements more fluid.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

One of the things we strive for here at District Zouk is to help our students develop a dance that is effortless and fluid. Developing your own momentum is a big step in this direction and will help you improve your leading and following greatly by also developing your sensitivity to different dynamics, speeds and the changes that occur when we change directions or create a torsion for example.


This learning group will provide you with regular times to learn, additional opportunities to practice, and a community of dance geeks to share videos with and get feedback.


This is also a way you can support our instructors, who teach dance as their full-time occupation, and they can support you during this time.

DOES IT HAVE PREREQUISITES?

To take better advantage of this course, students should have experience with Brazilian Zouk, in particular the basic fundamentals.

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?

Each week will focus on exploring momentum from a different perspective:

  • General Principles

  • Linear Momentum

  • Circular Momentum

  • Fluidity in Body Movements

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS COURSE?

  • One-hour long recorded classes

  • Opportunity to send questions to our instructors

  • Stored content so videos can be accessed and reviewed later (for up to 90 days)

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Instructor

Senior Instructor

Gui Prada

Gui Prada started dancing in 2004 inspired by the movie "Shall We Dance?". He began to dive deep into dance in 2006 as a work-study trainee of the Jaime Arôxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro. Jaime Arôxa, one of the creators of Brazilian Zouk, was the head instructor and was a mentor for the most accomplished dancers in Brazil. During his 6 years as a member of the school's team, he learned all Brazilian partner dances (Forró, Samba de Gafieira, Soltinho, Bolero and Zouk) as well as Argentine Tango. After he left the school, he continued dancing and learning from other remarkable instructors, including Fabiano Vivas, Kelly Reis, Érico Rodrigo, Guilherme Pimentel and many others. Since then he has focused his training and research on taking the best of each of these dances and applying it to the close embrace, with the purpose of conveying a sense of well-being and relaxation to dance partners. In 2016 he attended the first Zouk Retreat in Valencia, led by Xandy Liberato, Brenda Carvalho and Anderson Mendes. After that, his research on partner dancing took a new direction, as he continued working with Brenda and Anderson to seek for the application of the concepts explored at the retreat in different ways by using the references of the other Brazilian partner dances and Argentinian Tango. As a result, the importance of the basic steps and concepts became evident, since it is through them that all dances reach another level. Gui is looking forward to sharing his technique and training with students here in Washington DC to help them improve their basics, comfort and confidence on the dance floor.